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This paper analyzes new data on financial literacy and financial sophistication from the 2008 Health and Retirement Study. We show that financial literacy is lacking among older individuals and for the first time explore additional questions on financial sophistication which proves even scarcer. More information...
Audience: Researcher
Type of Resource: Working paper
Date: 3/27/2012
In 1995, the Social Security Administration started sending out the annual Social Security Statement. It contains information about the worker’s estimated benefits at the ages 62, 65, and 70. I use this unique natural experiment to analyze the retirement and claiming decision-making. First, I find More information...
Audience: Researcher
Type of Resource: Working paper
Date: 3/27/2012
This project examines the impact of employer-provided financial education for newly hired workers on contributions to voluntary retirement savings plans. Using administrative data from five large employers, the researchers assess the impact of information and delivery methods on the choice to More information...
Audience: Researcher
Type of Resource: Working paper
Date: 3/27/2012
Abstract: We construct two measures of the current wealth adequacy of older U.S. households using the 1998--2006 waves of the Health and Retirement Study (HRS). The first is the ratio of "comprehensive wealth"--defined as net worth plus the expected value of future income streams--to the wealth More information...
Audience: Researcher
Type of Resource: Working paper
Date: 3/27/2012
Abstract: Dramatic structural changes in the U.S. pension system, along with the impending wave of retiring baby boomers, have given rise to a broad policy discussion of the adequacy of household retirement wealth. We construct a uniquely comprehensive measure of wealth for households aged 51 and More information...
Audience: Researcher
Type of Resource: Working paper
Date: 3/27/2012
Abstract: I test the credit-market effects of housing wealth shocks by estimating the consumption elasticity of house price shocks among households in different age quintiles. Younger households face faster expected income growth and hence would like to borrow more than older households. I estimate More information...
Audience: Researcher
Type of Resource: Working paper
Date: 3/27/2012
Abstract: It is well accepted that households increase consumption of goods and services in response to an unexpected increase in wealth. Consensus estimates of this wealth effect are in the range of 3 to 5 cents of additional consumption spending in the long run for each additional dollar of More information...
Audience: Researcher
Type of Resource: Working paper
Date: 3/27/2012
Abstract: Participants in 401(k) plans are more likely than other workers to list "retirement" as their main reason for saving, to hold individual retirement accounts and to invest in the stock market. There are two possible reasons for these differences: (1) workers who like to save choose to More information...
Audience: Researcher
Type of Resource: Working paper
Date: 3/27/2012
Abstract: This paper investigates the composition of households' assets and liabilities in the United States. Using aggregate and survey data, we document major trends in household portfolios in the past 15 years. We show that, despite the broad array of financial products available, the portfolio More information...
Audience: Researcher
Type of Resource: Working paper
Date: 3/27/2012
Abstract: Some retirement plans allow the participant to choose how funds are invested. Having to direct investments may provide the participant with financial education. This paper finds that households covered by pension plans in which the employee chooses investments are significantly more apt More information...
Audience: Researcher
Type of Resource: Working paper
Date: 3/27/2012